Ward 11 E-Newsletter - January 2018
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the January 2018 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter!  Happy New Year!  Wishing you and your family all the very best in 2018!  I hope you find this newsletter informative.   As always, I am pleased to assist you and your family with any municipal issue that you may have.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at any time at 905-896-5011 or  george.carlson@mississauga.ca
In This Issue...
2018 New Year Family Skate 

Just a reminder that you are cordially invited to my 2018 New Year Family Skate Celebrate the New Year with myself and MPP Bob Delaney at Vic Johnston CC.  Bring your skates and enjoy the FREE skate party!  Bring your friends and family!  FREE coffee and hot chocolate will be provided!  The details are as follows:
 
2018 New Year Family Skate
Vic Johnston Community Centre (Lobby & Arena)
335 Church Street - Streetsville
Sunday, January, 14, 2018 - 11am-12:30pm
 
I look forward to celebrating with you and your family on January 14th!  For more information about my 2018 New Year Family Skate , please call my office at 905-896-5011 or visit www.georgecarlson.ca .   Top  
Paid Parking in Streetsville

Just a reminder that paid parking is now in effect in areas of Streetsville.  The City of Mississauga began implementing paid parking in areas of Streetsville on Monday, January 8, 2018. Parking occupancy surveys completed in Streetsville in order to confirm parking demand and occupancy rates revealed high on-street parking occupancy rates, minimal vehicle turnover, and limited availability of convenient parking in the core of Streetsville. To this end, paid parking helps manage parking demand, encourage parking space turnover, and alleviate traffic congestion that is caused when drivers are required to circle to locate an available parking space. Paid parking encourages quicker turnover of parking spaces and long-term parking to occur in off-street parking lots. Paid parking also creates revenue to offset high costs related to parking infrastructure maintenance and new parking facility developments. All revenues generated will be transferred to the Streetsville Cash in Lieu parking fund and will be used in Streetsville.  Parking charges have been used as a parking management tool for parking in the Downtown, Clarkson, Cooksville and Port Credit for many years.

Paid parking in Streetsville is being implemented in two phases. The first phase includes Queen Street South between Barry Avenue and Kerr Street and Municipal Parking Lot #9 located at Queen Street and Pearl Street:
* Queen Street South on-street paid parking is in effect from:
Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
* Off-street paid parking in Municipal Parking Lot #9 is in effect from:
Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

The cost for parking on-street and in Municipal Parking Lot #9 is $1.50 per hour for the first two hours and $2 for the third hour. Parking is allowed in these locations for a maximum of three hours.

The City's Municipal Parking team worked closely with the Streetsville Business Improvement Area (BIA) on the implementation of a paid parking plan. Parking Staff will bring forward a corporate report to General Committee in 2018 for phase two of paid parking in Streetsville. For more information about parking, please visit  mississauga.ca/parking or dial 311.   Top  
Mighty Oak Park Redevelopment
 
I am very pleased to report that Mighty Oak Park, which is located at the intersection of Douguy Blvd and Britannia Rd W, will be redeveloped in the spring of 2018.  Mighty Oak Park received its name from the large oak tree that grew at this park and was recently removed due to disease.

As part of the redevelopment, Mighty Oak Park will receive the following amenities:
  • Fence removal
  • Trail and concrete pad  
  • Benches, which will include re-purposed wood slats from the oak tree
  • Planting, mulch trail, and interpretive sign
I hope you and your family enjoy the new amenities at Mighty Oak Park.  If you have any questions about this redevelopment project, please contact  Kathi Ross,  Senior Project Manager, Park Development, at  905-615-3200 ext.4942.   Top
Mississauga Receives $2.3 Million in Provincial Funding to Improve Cycling Networks
 
I am very pleased to report that the City of Mississauga will receive funding from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program. Mississauga is receiving $2.3 million to build better cycling networks along busy routes and support safe cycling.

The funding received will be used to improve and build new bike lanes and cycling infrastructure and ensure residents and visitors can safely use cycling to get to work, school and around our community.

When the grant program was unveiled earlier this year, it was announced the Government of Ontario would invest $42.5 million for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. This is now increased to $93 million. This investment is part of
Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan . Funding was determined by the size of the municipality.
 
Mississauga and the Region of Peel are splitting the funding, with the Region of Peel receiving $4.2 million and the City receiving $2.3 million in the first year of a four-year program.   Some of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program approved key projects that were also part of the 2010 Cycling Master Plan include:

Project Name
Description
Burnhamthorpe Road East Multi-use Trail
  • Will complete the east/west multi-use trail along Burnhamthorpe Road and connect to the north/south Etobicoke Creek Trail
Mavis Road Multi-use Trail
  • Multi-use trail along Mavis Road from Courtneypark Drive to 407 near the Brampton border
Lakeshore Corridor Trail
  • Development of a new east/west multi-use trail that will connect Mississauga to Oakville just north of Winston Churchill Boulevard at Royal Windsor Drive to Westfield Drive (west of Stanfield Road and south of the Queensway)
  • Joint project with the Region of Peel Active Transportation Plan
Hydro Corridor East Trail
  • Development of a new north/south multi-use trail that runs north and south from Dundas Street to Audubon Boulevard
  • Will connect to the trail at Tahoe Station (Mississauga Transitway)
The grant funding will cover up to 80 per cent of the project cost. Projects that use cycling grant funds must be completed by December 30, 2020.   Top
City Extends On-Street Parking and Overnight Restrictions          

The City has extended on-street parking and overnight restrictions.  Daily overnight parking restrictions will be introduced from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and on-street parking has been increased from three hours to five hours under the City's Traffic By-law (555-00).

Previously, on-street parking was not permitted for longer than three hours and between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 1 to March 31. This excludes holiday exemptions and other signed areas for parking beyond the three-hour limit between 8 a.m. to midnight. Extended parking for other days can be requested 24/7 using the City's Temporary Parking Permit Online Service  or by calling 311.

The five hour on-street parking maximum is now in effect and the overnight restrictions will start in April 2018.  To learn more  about the City's parking regulations, please visit  www.mississauga.ca/parking.   Top
City Offers Free Simplified Tax Receipts Online for Property Owners    

The City of Mississauga is now offering property owners the convenience of viewing and printing a Simplified Tax Receipt online at no cost.  Property owners can submit a request for a Simplified Tax Receipt through the City's Tax Self-Service Centre website for the current year and one year prior.
 
Property owners usually require a property tax receipt when being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency and will now be able to obtain these receipts online.
 
The Simplified Tax Receipt will only be available online and staff at the service counters will not be able to provide a copy. However, detailed tax receipts will continue to be available for purchase online or through mail-in and in-person requests for $25 each.
 
For a list of other online tax services, visit the Tax Self-Service Centre at mississauga.ca/portal/services/taxselfservice .   Top
       

The amendments to the City's Nuisance Weed and Tall Grass Control By-law are as follows:
*           decrease the maximum permitted height of tall grass from 30 centimetres to 20 centimetres;
*           reduce the time required to resolve tall grass and nuisance weed complaints from 10 to seven days; and 
*           update the list of 12 noxious weeds to 25.
 
The changes to the by-law enhance property standards relating to grass height and nuisance weeds and ensure the City's regulatory standards are consistent with other municipalities and help contribute to a safe and healthy environment.

Council directed staff on June 28, 2017 to review the maximum grass height of 30 centimetres and the time required to resolve nuisance weed and tall grass complaints. Staff reviewed the nuisance weed and tall grass standards for Brampton, Caledon, Oakville and Toronto.  

The amendments ensure Mississauga remains consistent with other municipalities. According to the staff report, nuisance weeds and long grass may contribute to allergic reactions or health problems, disrupt ecological systems and pose a risk to fire and community safety by impairing visual sightlines.   Top
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1